Western Animation: Lloyd in Space
Lloyd in Space
was an animated television series, running from February 2001 to February 2004. A total of 40 episodes in four seasons.
Living far in the future, shortly after the end of World War Nine, Lloyd Nebulon is a green-skinned alien (of the Verdigrean
race) with strange ears and a single antenna sticking from his head. Lloyd lives in the Intrepidville Space Station along with his telekinetic and telepathic sister, Francine, and his mother, Commander Norah Li Nebulon, the Head of Intrepidville. Lloyd's friends are Eddie R. Horton (a ginger-haired American teenage human), Kurt Blobberts (an enormous purple blob with a single eyeball and simple intelligence, of a species known as the Blobullons), and Douglas McNoggin (a giant brain with arms, feet, eyes and a mouth
, of a species known as the Cerebellians).
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- Action Mom: Norah has her moments
- Best exemplified when the boys got into a tangle with some space pirates. She shows up and announces herself and the bad to the bone pirates freak out.
- Deconstructed in one episode where Nora meets up with an old male friend and goes out on a date with him. Lloyd watches in horror and disgust as his mom suddenly and seemingly goes from being a badass to a giggling Girly Girl and theorizes that her date must be an evil mind-controlling monster in disguise (he was half-right). At the end of the episode, Nora addresses Lloyd's concerns and tells him even Action Moms like her need to unwind and have fun sometimes.
- Adorkable: Lloyd, Douglas, and Kurt
- An Aesop
- Alien Hair
- Aliens Speaking English
- Alliterative Name: Lloyd's mom, Norah Nebulon.
- Alpha Bitch: Brittany.
- Ambiguous Gender: Done in one episode with a new student. Everyone takes bets on what gender they are, but their interests and presentation are so ambiguous they eventually have to ask. Turns out they're part of a species that chooses their sex when they hit puberty. Cue everyone trying to tell them which to pick. Eventually they decide to keep their choice secret.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Francine
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Lloyd, but he does get even in "Babysitter Lloyd".
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: The characters are regularly depicted wearing bubble helmets in space, but the helmets aren't attached to anything and they still go out in space wearing their street clothes. Kurt and Douglas don't even wear the bubble helmets.
- Becoming the Mask: Brittany loved Lloyd from childhood but couldn't speak about it since first she wasn't supposed to be interested in boys and secondly she became popular. Lloyd hopes that one day she'll be able to properly admit it to herself.
- Bittersweet Ending: Love Beam No 9
- Bizarre Alien Biology
- Big Sister Bully: Inverted with Francine, who uses her power of telekinesis to torment Lloyd.
- Brains and Brawn: Kurtlas
- Bratty Half-Pint: Francine, again.
- The Cheerleader: Brittany
- Class Trip: The episode where Lloyd's class goes to "Wormhole National Park".
- Creepy Child: Francine
- Cute Monster Girl: Several. Brittany (blue skin and six arms but still cute), Violet (yellow skin and pink hair), Nora of course and Cindy's nice head.
- Disappeared Dad: Lloyd's dad.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the Halloween Episode, Lloyd and his friends found themselves stuck in a Bad Future where the space station's been decimated from an attack by an alien monster. The monster in question could cause people to turn into monsters themselves from a bite or scratch. Lloyd remains the only one unharmed while all his friends are subsequently turned and start hunting him. They spend over sixty years stuck on the station before Lloyd, now an old man, figures out a way to go home. It then turned out the whole thing was a trick Francine created with her mental abilities. Why? Because she got scared when Lloyd let her go into a fun house by herself and wouldn't take her trick-or-treating.
- Distaff Counterpart: Most of the boys have a girl of their own species nearly identical to them. Lloyd and Eddie are the only exceptions.
- Expy: Brittany acts like (and is voiced by the same girl as) Ashley A.
- Lou 2000, Station's backup system, is basically a PG-rated Bender. Both are voiced by John Dimaggio.
- Fantastic Racism: "The Big Feud". What starts off as an innocent school research project on one's cultural heritage ends up reigniting age-old resentment between the Blobulons (Kurt's race) and the Cerebellians (Douglas's race).
- Fiery Redhead: Eddie
- Four Man Band
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Combined with an aversion of Voices Are Mental in "Lloyd Changes His Mind".
- Feud Episode: "The Big Feud".
- Gentle Giant: Kurt
- The Ghost: Boomer's boss, who might not even exist.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Norah
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: In one episode, Boomer and the gang (minus Kurt) came up with a lot of names for possible bands.
Lloyd: Later, Boomer!
Boomer: (rubbing his chin) Later Boomer?
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: The months in Intrepidville. For example Chebuary, Grogust, Floontober.
- Humans Are Bastards: A fat rich lady alien dislikes Eddie for teasing her pet.
Lloyd: You know those humans.
- Jerkass: The popular crowd.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cindy's mean head. They do share the same heart, after all.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- Miniature Senior Citizens: somewhat played straight, no Blobullon senior citizens have been shown, but it is shown that Blobullons are born large when young but get smaller as they grow up, hence why kindergarten Kurt is like a giant, while present Kurt looks like he's big boned, and Kurt's parents are shorter than most of the teenagers and adults in the series.
- Mama Bear: Norah
- Motor Mouth: Its most likely due to bad editing of the episodes, but Douglas and Lloyd never seem to take a breather between sentences, not once.
- Multiple Head Case: Cindy. Lloyd wants to take only the nice one to the dance.
- Never Heard That One Before - An alien worm who works at Wormhole National Park gets a lot of jokes about him being a worm working at a wormhole.
Kid: Do you have to be a worm to work at the Wormhole National Park?
Worm: (sighs) No.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Francine's powers are usually limited to levitation and mind-reading, but in "Big Brother Kurt" she suddenly has the ability to change people's appearances. This ability never comes up in any other episode. Possibly justified in that she only did it to Kurt, possibly meaning it only works on his race.
- Oonerspism: "Wack to burk, everyone! I mean...back to work."
- Puberty Superpower: Inverted with Francine. Norah mentions several times that her psychic powers will go away as she gets older.
- But played straight with Lloyd, though only temporary, and a case of Blessed with Suck.
- Prime Time Cartoon: After One Saturday Morning went defunct in 2002 and gave the show the boot, it became this on Toon Disney.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Defied by Nora when Lloyd and his friends start getting worried that she's acting more feminine. She reminds them that she is still a woman in addition to a commander.
- Rebellious Prince: Boomer, and he doesn't want to be king.
- Recycled In Space: Recess IN SPACE!!
- Rhymes on a Dime: Eddie's relatives have names that rhyme. Eddie never noticed it before.
- Eddie himself has a tendency to rhyme.
- Robot Buddy: Station
- Robo Romance: Station meets a girl named Midge on the Internet, but lies about his identity as an organic being to be more attractive. When he meets Midge, she's insecure that Station isn't who he said he was, until Station revealed himself to be an eye on a long rope. Midge then reveals herself to be a similar device used for military intelligence who posed as an organic being to be better compatible with the person she thought Station was.
- Shout-Out: Station's eye is similar to HAL 9000
- Lloyd's dream on his 13th birthday in the first episode.
- Shrinking Violet
- The Slacker: Boomer
- Small Name, Big Ego: Eddie.
- Also Lloyd, in the episode where he turns thirteen and thinks that this not only makes him a miniature adult, but also that he doesn't have to do schoolwork and stuff like that.
- The doctor in "Francine's Power Trip". Despite citing several years of medical school, she diagnoses Francine as definitely having a virus that will make her lose her powers for 24 hours. Then when she turns out to be wrong she flip-flops and says Francine has a different disease that makes her lose her powers permanently, once again citing her years of medical school to prove she's never wrong. Of course that diagnosis was wrong too.
- Space Is Noisy: Francine has no trouble overhearing Lloyd and his friends talking about her through a window from outside the space station, but then again, she can read minds. There's still no excuse how characters can talk to each other in space wearing nothing but bubble helmets.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Young Verdigrean girls like Francine have mind-reading and telekinesis powers.
- Token Human: Eddie is the token human character
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cindy (both heads)
- Totally Radical: Boomer
- Tsundere: Brittany is Type A Tsundere for Lloyd, as revealed in "Love Beam #9".
- Twenty Minutes into the Future
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Eddie's relatives, in addition to having names that rhyme.
- Unusual Euphemism
- Valley Girl: Brittany and Megan
- Whole Plot Reference:
- The "Kurtlas" episode is clearly based on the children's book Freak the Mighty.
- The episode "Boomer's Secret Life" (where the kids find out that Boomer is secretly the prince of his home planet, but ran away from home for a chance at a normal life) is a comedic retelling of the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Fugitive".
- You Mean Xmas